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Stereo Mouse
Stereo Mouse
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Re: thoughts on Cobra

Funny enough, I was just thinking about this album a couple of hours ago: it does combine a whole host of non-rock musical influences (jazz-fusion, free-jazz, lounge/exotica, perhaps even a tinge of prog here and there) and certainly, it's far too complex for the three chords and guitar rock crowds. I'm pretty sure that for this whole aforementioned Phase 3 trilogy, you can paraphrase Jonathan Coe's (the writer of Rotters Club) assessment of prog music that "if you judge it by the standards of rock'n'roll then it fails" and that it's not rock, for its "ethos is completely different".

Maybe that's why Cobra is so reviled that its' ethos is completely the opposite of what is normally expected from music nowadays (read: simplistic riffs, straight 4/4, basic guitar-bass-drums arrangement or simplistic techno beats or whatever)?

Aug 27, 2011, 01:19


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